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Aug 16, 2007 05:59 PM

Fun but good restaurants near Royal York

Hi everyone,

My in-laws will be in Toronto in a couple of weeks, staying at the Royal York. We have an 11-month old son who likes to be stimulated constantly and has trouble sitting still while people around him chat etc. We are trying to find decent restaurants in the neighbourhood which would be high quality (the in-laws are foodies) but fun for him. A teppanyaki table would be fantastic but sadly the Benihana's in the Royal York is closed until September (as are most of the other restaurants in the hotel). We've thought of Golden Thai, Biff's (not sure if it's casual enough, but it has a patio so that would allow us to walk around with our son when he gets antsy), the BierMarkt... any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. I hate sending people to Marche/Richtree, and the food is not high-end, but it might fit the bill here in terms of visual stimulation for your son. Any of the swank places in the area are not going to be especially child-friendly, especially if the little guy is rambunctious. Maybe see if the Royal York offers a babysitting service so you can take the in-laws to a couple of nicer places without having to worry about your son for a few hours and then take him with you to a couple of passable mid-range places like Richtree or Shopsy's?

    1. Sounds like your son will eat Japanese food. You can make a reservation to sit at the sushi bar at Takesushi. Just came back from lunch there and was impressed with the freshness and quality of the food.

      Here's a link:

      He might be entertained watching the sushi chefs if you sit at the bar.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        Thanks for the tips. We would be bringing his food so the concern is really about being somewhere with lots of things for him to look out, and somewhere the patrons wouldn't mind him yelling "BABABABA!!!" at the top of his lungs. We'd like to bring him with us for dinner if possible - long story involving logistics - but a good Japanese restaurant downtown sounds like a good possibility. I was also wondering if BierMarkt, Beer Bistro or Golden Thai would be ok - crowded, lots of people for him to look at, more casual atmosphere where we could easily walk him around? I also noticed on the Brassai website that they have couches in part of the restaurant - we are wondering if we could take him there when he gets bored so he can play for a little while. (He's not quite crawling yet.) Any thoughts?

        1. re: etoileduberger

          I wouldn't recommend BierMarkt, Beerbistro or Brassai. Especially in the evening, when they have a bar/clubbish scene.
          I can't think of a place with good food that woud be ok with a child yelling at the top of his lungs at dinner time. Except for maybe Richtree Market, as someone else suggested. Not the best food, but it is full of people walking around to get their food, so this kind of behaviour would likely go unnoticed.

          1. re: pescatarian

            I agree with pescatarian... Beerbistro or Brassai are probably going to be inappropriate.

            But I think you might get away with Biermarket if you ate very early (5:00 - 5:30) and kept it quick. I'd say the same for some of the chain-y restaurants closer to the Skydome... Lone Star, or maybe the Irish Embassy?

            Also agre with the Richtree as an atmospherically appropriate choice. And Fran's is actually not too far away. Big, bright, loud... not great food, but fun and family oriented.

            1. re: Rabbit

              Depends what day of the week it is. If it's 5-5:30 on a Thursday or Friday night, BierMarkt and Irish Embassy will be full of the after work bar crowd.

              1. re: pescatarian

                Yeah - you're absolutely right... I had totally forgotten about the happy hour crowd.

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